Early yesterday, the New York Knicks lost point guard Stephon Marbury when he abruptly left the team. Last night, they lost the game and Marbury’s replacement. Head coach Isiah Thomas lost his mind years ago. Now, the season might be slipping away too.
The Knicks fell 113-102 to the Phoenix Suns last night, in the first game of their four-game road trip. The loss dropped them to 2-4 overall, and they still have to visit the Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento and Denver over the next four days. They’ll almost certainly leave the West Coast in last place in the Atlantic Division, and the team might have fewer members than some Native American tribes by the time they return home.
Aside from Starbury’s absence, Quentin Richardson (hyper-extended elbow) and Zach Randolph (grandmother’s death) have also been M.I.A. Marbury’s replacement, Mardy Collins, left last night’s game with an ankle sprain. It’s possible these are legitimate excuses, but it’s also possible these guys just don’t want to get booed anymore. After all, if I were a Knick, I’d fake an injury too.